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Apply! Community Solutions Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs

IREX is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Community Solutions Program. Please see theapplication instructions for more information on how to apply. All application are due by 11:59 AM EDT on Monday, October 27, 2014.

The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in Transparency & Accountability, Tolerance & Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women & Gender Issues. Selected candidates will participate in: a four month U.S. fellowship with a local nonprofit organization or government agency; structured virtual learning and networking via the Online Community Leadership Institute; and, the design and implementation of follow-on projects in their home countries.

• J-1 visa support
• Round-trip travel from participant’s home city to the U.S.
• Accident and sickness insurance
• Living Allowance to cover housing, meals and incidentals


Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for the Community Solutions Program is merit-based and open to community leaders, ages 25-38 at the time of application, who meet the following criteria:

• From a participating country (U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., and individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years are not eligible for this program)

• Currently living and working in his/her home country (Individuals participating in academic, training or research programs in the United States at the time of application and individuals residing or working outside their home countries at the time of application are not eligible for this program)

• Currently working on a community project or initiative in his/her home country; and, has at least 2 years of professional experience in this capacity at the time of application

• Able to begin the program in the United States in 2015, and is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program

• Able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa (Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. Government who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application are not eligible for this program)

• Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application

Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

East Asia and the Pacific: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam

Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, and Turkey

South and Central Asia: Bangladesh, Burma, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan

Near East & North Africa: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and West Bank/Gaza

Western Hemisphere: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago

To register,click here

Call for Applications: ACUMEN’s Making Sense of Social Impact e-course

acumenWhat does social impact mean?
How does Acumen assess social impact when considering potential investments?
How can you apply the same concepts elsewhere?

One of the most common questions we get is how we measure our impact. Is it just the number of lives impacted? How do we know if the goods and services our companies provide are improving lives? When do social and financial goals coincide, and when do they deviate? These questions are core to our work to create a world beyond poverty.

Together with Acumen’s Impact Team, we’ve developed this introductory course to help you understand how we analyze impact in our portfolio and how you can apply the same building blocks to any socially-focused company or organization that you are personally excited about.

We believe this course will be especially insightful for those interested in impact investing, but it is by no means limited to that audience. Whether you are a philanthropist, an individual working at a non-profit, an impact investor or an social entrepreneur, or if you just want to understand what it might take for you to “do good” more effectively, this course is for you.

The world needs you to lead.


NOVEMBER 11, 2014


DECEMBER 15, 2014


3 TO 5


4 TO 5

For more information and how to apply;click here

Call for applications: The 40 Chances Fellows Program for Social Entrepreneurs

indexThe 40 Chances Fellows program will fund four 40 Chances Fellows with the most innovative social enterprise plans that use strategies built on the principles of 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.  These social enterprises must seek to address issues of hunger, conflict, or poverty and may be established in any one of the following four countries where the Africa Governance Initiative has a strong presence: Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Malawi.

Each strategy must involve local leadership and management into the operations of the social enterprise by integrating local place-based ownership and relying on locally driven design, development, and deployment in its programs or services.  In addition, these enterprises should fill gaps in existing value chains, or otherwise combine a variety of complementary and existing efforts into a comprehensive and integrated approach to solve the intended challenge.

The application timeline for the fellowship runs from October 17, 2013, to May 31, 2014.  Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 39 on the date the application closes (May 31, 2014).  Winners will be selected by a blue ribbon panel of judges and formally announced at the 2014 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa.  Each of four fellows will receive $80,000 in start-up funds and $70,000 for living and transportation expenses (a total of $150,000) for one year.

During their first year of activity, fellows will be required to submit quarterly update reports to the World Food Prize.


Applicants should take into account the 40 Chances Principles when constructing their applications. Be prepared to have your full profile and contact information available.  Also, you will be asked for supporting material such as a short statements about the organization’s intended impact, the use of funds (such as a line-item budget), and a strategic plan for your social enterprise. The final section of the application will ask a series of questions related to the type of impact you hope to achieve with your activities.

 Deadline: May 31 2014

For more information,click  here

Call for Applications: 2014 Sustainable Solutions Showcase


tpc logoThe economic future of Africa is driven by access to finance by its ever growing population of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). As part of the 2014 edition of the Africa CEO Round-table & Conference on Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility (AR-CSR™); ThistlePraxis Consulting is pleased to announce the third edition of theSustainable Solutions Showcase, an initiative that seeks to promote, expose and connect innovations and inventions of social entrepreneurs with potential investors, partners, clients, customers and collaborators. Due to the fact thatgrowing investments and ideas will continue to depend on financial support to actualise and promote innovative dreams, SSS 3.0 will showcase best ideas, goods, services and inventions of various types that are original and creative, ecologically friendly, capable of meeting specific social and economic needs and having potential for enterprise and return on investment.


The entries will be screened by a Project team of experts from Thistle Praxis Consulting, AR-CSR™ conveners and Sponsor organisations. Products, services or initiatives must be unique, practical and must useful in solving an existing problem, or meeting the needs of the public. The best three entries will be selected to participate at the 4thedition of the AR-CSR™ and will present their initiatives at the CEO Round-table to leading business leaders, captains of industries, CEOs and C-suite professionals in the private and public sector. Also present at this session will be the 2014 Keynote Speaker and Lead Discussant, Dr. Donald Kaberuka – President, African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – and Brian Kuwik, Vice President and Africa Regional Head, Accion International amongst leading business leaders and corporate executives from reputable organisations and financial institutions.

If your innovation or business fits these descriptions and can readily be presented to business leaders for possible investment opportunities and collaborations, then this opportunity is for you.Interested individuals are encouraged to enter for the challenge by registering at the event website: http:/// or sending an email to: Deadline for submission of entries is Midnight, Central African TimeMay 15, 2014 to The entries will be screened by a project team of experts from ThistlePraxis Consulting and only successful candidates will be notified by May 29, 2014.

Entries should contain the following: Product description details showinga detailed description of your product and an explanation on how it meets the criteria stated above, a brief profile of the organisation, social enterprise or individual, including structure and size. A short video of not more than 5 minutes in length showing a demonstration of the product may be an added advantage and is strongly encouraged. The conveners of the AR-CSR™ assure all interested individuals that details of applicants’ intellectual property will be treated with utmost confidentiality and respect. However, conveners are not liable for consequences which may arise after the presentations, exhibition and subsequent interaction with potential funders and/or partners.

The 2014 edition of the AR-CSR™ scheduled to take place at the Tinapa Business Resort, Calabar, Cross River State from June 19-20, 2014 is presented with support from Shell Nigeria, Diamond Bank, Heritage Bank, Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency Office and hosted by the Cross River State Government. Ventures Africa and Leadership Newspapers are Media Sponsors. Registrations have commenced in earnest for the event whilst the impressive live up of speakers and further details can be obtained from

Hence, the 2014 edition will seek to interrogate the intersection where financial inclusion fosters economic sustainability and enhances societal benefit. The financial industry plays a critical role for society at large: serving individuals, families, businesses, governments, civic institutions and other stakeholders. The sector performs indispensable functions such as enabling financial inclusion, facilitating saving and investment, providing protection from risks and supporting the creation of new jobs and enterprises. It is critical that the sector operates to provide these functions for society in a stable, sustainable way, and increases awareness of its activities in this area.

In its annual tradition, the AR-CSR™ will again feature a series of events such as: CEO round-table sessions followed by a one-and-a-half-day conference, Sustainable Solutions Showcase (an exhibition of eco-friendly products and service solutions), Eco-Tourism, Sustainable Investment Forum (hosted by the Cross River State Government), Networking cocktails & Gala Dinner amongst other inspiring and intellectually stimulating activities. Leaders from a variety of sectors from far and wide within and outside the continent will gather to share their expertise and experiences on an array of Business and Development sub-topics and try to identify what is missing: the pooling of the most available heap of investable funds possible from all nooks and crannies of the economy and how to channel the pooled funds to attractive production activities, particularly those of small-to-medium size enterprises which are established as the main engines of economic growth and job creation across countries, thus enhancing and increasing societal growth.

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